Raquel Palacio

"A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." –Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

The indispensable SWAT initiative in Florida tasks itself every day with inspiring others to express themselves in an effort to end the wide use of tobacco in society, and especially in today’s youth. As a proud youth advocate, I have channeled my efforts in raising awareness and advocating against Big Tobacco’s destructive aggressors. Being a proud Cuban myself, I have first-hand experience in witnessing Big Tobacco’s convincing campaigns, which have always been associated with elitist status for cigar smokers of all ages and genders. Putting these destructive qualities in perspective, I have focused on educating young adults to look out for themselves and each other when they witness the operation of these devices. Just recently, I was featured on Beacon Television along with members of my club, presenting to the superintendent possible solutions to counter the rapidly growing issue among teen use of electronic nicotine delivery systems and tobacco use. I am truly proud to be part of this movement, as I feel that we are all so genuinely dedicated to effecting change and cultivating a sense of unity, given such an important social opportunity. Together, these organizations, along with many important others,have made me more than prepared to fight Big Tobacco. Please join the effort to make a difference and save lives!

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